Beaches. The seashore has undeveloped beaches and limited services. There are no designated picnic areas, phones, food, or drinking water. These beaches have restrooms and boardwalk access. Beach access points for visitors with disabilities are at Playalinda Beach: Eddy Creek and Parking Area No. 8; and at Apollo Beach: Areas No. 1 and No. 5. First aid and drinking water are at information centers. Surfing is permitted in the park. You may reach Klondike Beach only by foot (a back country permit is required). Seashore areas may be closed if parking lots are filled or during shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. For recorded information on launch closures at Playalinda Beach, call 321-867-4077.
Scenic Drive The six-mile self-guided Black Point Wildlife Drive in the refuge meanders through pine flatwoods and impounded marsh and provides excellent views of many species of wildlife.
Camping Back country camping is permitted at the North District of the park, New Smyrna Beach, FL, located in Volusia County. Visitors may make reservations by calling the Visitor Information Center at (386) 428-3384 extension "0". [High resolution backcountry camping brochure] Format: PDF Size: 3.57MB
Hiking The seashore and refuge offer short self-guided trails. Castle Windy and Turtle Mound trails have shell middens left by Timucuan Indians. Turtle Mound Trail boasts a view of the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon. Eldora Hammock, Oak Hammock, and Palm Hammock trails wind through densely vegetated hammocks. Cruickshank Trail has an observation tower and marsh views.
Hunting Seasonal hunting of migratory water fowl is allowed in the seashore and refuge and is part of the refuge’s waterfowl management. Display or use of firearms, other than for authorized hunting activities, is prohibited.
Boating Launch sites in the refuge and seashore provide access to Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Airboats are prohibited.
Did You Know?
Canaveral National Seashore is located along the “frost line of central Florida” creating a unique assemblage of temperate and subtropical plants. A plant survey in 1975 showed Turtle Mound, one of our archaeological sites, to be the northernmost location for eight species of subtropical plants. More...